Edinburgh: from a local perspective
Edinburgh, built on seven hills, is a fascinating city; for locals Edinburgh is a collection of distinctive villages and areas, each with its own distinct character.
A day tour will give you a real appreciation of its diversity as we explore the Old Town and appreciate the scale of the New Town as the city re-invented itself as a modern European city during the enlightenment.
We also visit the suburbs and and stand on some of those hills to get an appreciation of Edinburgh's location and admire the vistas.
Explore Gay Edinburgh
No trip to Scotland would be complete without a trip to Scotland's capital city. With a population of just over 477,000 it is a relatively small, compact city but contains many of Scotland's national institutions, it is the seat of Government and there are a large number of museums and major visitor attractions.
It is very relaxed city and large numbers of people still live and work in the city centre (financial services). During the summer, the parks and open spaces are full of people sunbathing, enjoying a drink or have ice-cream (the sun does shine sometimes).
An architectural gem, the city enjoys UNESCO world heritage status as much for its buildings and vistas as its geographical location and imposing castle.
Edinburgh largely escaped destruction during the Second World War and as a result it was chosen in 1947 to host a world class cultural festival. Over the years this has flourished and has grown to become Edinburgh International Festivall that we know today. However that is only part of the story; uninvited performers turned up and organised their own venues and ticket sales. The Fringe event has grown into one of the largest arts festivals in the world.
Edinburgh is truly a festival city; there are festivals and major events taking place throughout the year culminating in the week long Hogmanay celebrations to mark the New Year.
Edinburgh List of Gay Organisations and Groups
Organisations and Help
Gay Mens' Health
Equality Network maintain an extensive list of help organisations
Equality Network Resources
Scottish Transgender Alliance
Lothian LGBT Helpline 0131 556 4049 Wednesdays 12.30-7pm
Edinburgh's festivals 2016
International Science Festival 26 March – 10 April 2016
TradFest Edinburgh 27 April – 8 May 2016
Edinburgh International Film Festival 15 – 26 June 2016
Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 15 – 24 July 2016
Edinburgh Art Festival 29 July – 28 August 2016
Edinburgh Fringe Festival 5 – 29 August 2016
Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 5 – 27 August 2016
Edinburgh International Festival 5 – 29 August 2016
Edinburgh International Book Festival 13 – 29 August 2016
Scottish Storytelling Festival 21 October – 30 October 2016
Samhuinn Fire Festival 31 October 2016
Edinburgh’s Christmas 20 November 2016 – 4 Jan 2017
Edinburgh’s Hogmanay 30 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
Police Scotland - non Emergency dial 101 (redirected to your nearest police station.
In an emergency dial 999 (if you are in danger or a crime is taking place now)
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